The 6 Stages of Dealing with Change
The course of change never did run smooth—but you may be glad to know that it is predictable. Family therapist Virginia Satir established a model of how we experience transition.
Stage 3: Chaos
Your life has been turned upside down. What you thought you knew cries out for reexamination. What you'd hoped for, planned for, or predicted may no longer be possible or even relevant. You may have to recalibrate your very understanding of yourself. Little about this process is pleasant—but it does get you somewhere important. The chaos phase works as a kind of incubator, a laboratory where suffering and confusion can lead to something valuable.